By Joe Veyera
Ballard residents will soon have a faster option for internet access.
On Tuesday, Centurylink announced the launch of its gigabit fiber services in Seattle and 12 other cities across the country. In Seattle, the 1 gigabit per second service will begin rolling out in Ballard, West Seattle, Beacon Hill, and the Central District in the coming weeks. Residential customers will be able to purchase 1 Gbps (or 1,000 Mbps) service for $79.95 a month when bundled with additional, qualifying Centurylink services. Businesses throughout the Puget Sound will also be able to purchase the service.
“We believe increased broadband speeds can lead to both economic and educational growth opportunities in the Pacific Northwest,” said Brian Stading, CenturyLink region president for the Northwest in a press release. “This growth potential is supported by the trust current businesses put in CenturyLink’s services and the expansion of our fiber network is just another example of why CenturyLink is a premier supplier of technology and technology solutions in the Pacific Northwest.”
Centurylink says the 1 Gbps speed will allow customers to stream high-definition video content with little to no delays and download movies, songs and TV shows in seconds.
“Seattle is technology city, but there are a number of steps we as a city must take to remain a national leader, including bringing cutting-edge Internet service to more businesses and residents,” said Seattle Mayor Ed Murray in a release. “CenturyLink’s investment in 1-gigabit fiber is a very positive step in our city’s much larger effort to increase competition and broaden access to high-speed Internet – especially for those in underserved areas of our city.”
(Photo courtesy of Centurylink)